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Accommodation in Budva is abundant, and varies from renting a room for €10 to handsomely priced five-star hotels.
 
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===Budget===
 
===Budget===

Revision as of 20:37, 14 December 2006

Budva is a coastal tourist resort in Montenegro. It is often called "Montenegrin Miami", because it is the most crowded and most popular tourist resort in Montenegro, with great becahes and vibrant nightlife.

Understand

Budva is located on the central part of Motnenegrin coast, called "Budvanska rivijera". It has developed around small peninsula, on which the old town is situated. It is by far most visited destination in Montenegro, attracting both domestic and foreign tourists with facinating old town, great bars and nightclubs, and beautiful sandy beaches. It is base for mass tourism, while it it's near vincinity there are luxury resorts such as Sveti Stefan or Miločer.

Get in

By plane

Tivat airport is 20km away. During summer, there are daily flights to many european destinations. Throughout the year there are flights from Tivat to Belgrade and Zurich. There are minibuses from airport to Budva.

Podgorica airport is 65km away, and has flights throughout the year to Belgrade, Budapest, Zurich, Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Paris, Rome and Vienna.

Dubrovnik airport is 70km away from Budva, and mantains flights to many european destinations during the summer.

By bus

Budva is very well connected with the neighbouring countries by bus. During the summer, more seasonal lines are introduced. Buses are quite frequent and on schedule. Note that the Budva bus station might be tricky to find if you are first time in town.

By car

All roads in Montenegro are two-laned only, and mostly are curvy mountainous roads, so speeds over 70 km/h (43 mph) are rarely legal, and rarely safe.

Get around

If you came to Budva with your own car, use them inside the city only when you have to. Traffic is terribly congested during the summer, and parking space around the old town is almost impossible to find.

Some of the most beautiful beaches are located in the vincinity of Budva, and you can expect that, by car, you will travel to them up to 1 hour! That is especially the case with beaches south-east of Budva, such as Bečići, Miločer, Pržno, Kamenovo...when you get there - you will have to pay for the parking, anywhere from €2 to €5.

Note that the Kraljičina beach in Miločer has the special regime of working that sometimes may prohibit acces to the beach. Even if not, it boast the highest prices on Budvanska rivijera, together with Sveti Stefan. Kraljičina and Mogren beaches are the only ones where they can charge you for enterance, all the other beaches are free to acces. However, on most of the remote beaches you will have to pay for the parking.

There is no public transportation within the city other than little tourist "train" that operates between Budva and nearby Bečići through main Budva promenade. Taxis are abundant in Budva, but are not cheap - ride anywhere within Budva will cost you around €5, and ride to some nearby town outside Budva - €10 up. There are many tourist boats that dock in Budva harbour which offer rides to nearby beaches, Sv. Nikola island, or one-day trips to various destinations on Montenegrin coast.

See

  • Old town on the peninsula in Budva center.
  • Sveti Stefan, most picturesque part of Montenegrin coast.
  • Mogren beach, secluded beach near the old town.

Do

  • Sunbathing on some of the most beautiful beaches Montenegro has to offer.
  • Strolling through narrow streets of old town.
  • Drink coffe on some of many crowded open bars.
  • Enjoy the nigtlife.

Buy

Old town is packed with boutiques, but beware of counterfeited variants of world famous brands.

Main Budva promenade has a long string of stands with very cheap clothing, sunglasses, souvenirs, etc.

Eat

There is a wide choice of places to eat at Budva. In old town you will find almost anything: from pizza-places, bakeries to seafood and chinese restaurants. Across the harbour, at the very coast, there are some premium fresh seafood restaurants, notably "Jadran" and "Donna".

Along the entire promenade there are many fast food places, offering barbecue, giros, pancakes, slices of pizza, icecream...with affordable prices. A McDonalds seasonal restaurant is open on the promenade during the summer.

Drink

Budva is full of cafes, bars and nightclubs. During the season it is hard to find a place to seat, as cafes and bars in Budva center are crowded all the time. Some of the most popular places in Budva center are "Palma", "Millenivm", "Sole mio" on the promenade and "Ričardova glava"(Richard's head) on the beach of the same name, on the south side of the old town, "Maša" cafe-restaurant on the Pizana beach, near the harbour, as well as many places inside old town and across the harbour.

Espresso will cost from €1.00 to €1.50. Coke and other soft drinks and juices will cost from €1.50 up to €3.50.

You should also try out famous Montenegrin wines, "Vranac", "Pro Corde", "Krstac", "Cabernet", "Chardonnay" and "Nikšićko" beer. Montenegrin brandy, called "rakija" is good choice to "warm up" before going out in the evening, especially grape brandy "Montenegrin loza", "Prvijenac" or "Kruna".

Nightlife

There is variety of bars and clubs to go out in Budva. Usually the night begins at large open bars located at the promenade - "Trocadero", "Miami", "Renaissance" and "Rafaello". They are allowed to play music until 01.00 AM, when the crowds move to some of the nightclubs. Arguably the best nightclub in Budva is newly built closed "Trocadero", which has prices slightly higher than other nightclubs. There are also two remote nightclubs, "Maine" and "Torine, the latter being in Bečići, but those are often too crowded and insist on folk music.

Also the popular option is going from some of the open bars directly to "Secondo Porto" club in Kotor, which is some 30 minutes driving away.

Note: Prices are high as they are, don's let the waiter make extra money on you. Always ask for a bill, as they must provide it by law. If you don't - it's likely that they'll overcharge your drinks, especially if they see you are a foreigner!

Sleep

Accommodation in Budva is abundant, and varies from renting a room for €10 to handsomely priced five-star hotels.

Budget

  • A room can be rented easily from the local people and the price varies from as low as €7-10 to €30 for more luxurious rooms closer to city center.

Mid range

  • Hotel Avala
  • Hotel Mogren
  • Slovenska plaža hotel complex

There are dozens of other mid-range hotels throughout the city...

Splurge

  • Blue star hotel
  • Hotel Šajo
  • Hotel Max Prestige

Get out